Give your Kids the Bright Future they Deserve With College Savings

We grew up in Edison, New Jersey, so naturally, we were exposed to our culture, Bollywood, dancing, and singing very early on. However, no matter how much interest we had in those extracurricular activities, we were continuously pushed to focus attaining a higher degree.

Here’s a South Asian Inspired Thanksgiving Dinner Menu that will Wow Your Guests

Looking to add some mirch masala to your dishes this holiday season? Try this South Asian inspired Thanksgiving dinner menu with your guests. We promise it’ll be a hit!

Victim-Blaming Doesn’t Work: If You Want to Help, Listen to Victims First

Think of the last time you blamed someone. Did it make the victim’s problems go away? Did the victim thank you for being such an inspirational person in their life? Did the victim increase their respect for you? Probably not.

Mindy Kaling & ‘The Mindy Project’: Fostering South Asian Representation From Pilot To Series Finale

by Saloni Gajjar – Follow @browngirlmag  “The Mindy Project” became the first American TV show…

Shanti Bhavan’s 20th Anniversary Gala in Manhattan Raised More Than a Million Dollars

On November 9th, 2017, Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project hosted a gala fundraiser for building the construction of their second school.

Vanity Fair’s Newest Editor-in-Chief Radhika Jones is More Than the Woman who Wore Fox-Printed Tights

To be targeting and undermining an individual for their choice of attire rather than focusing on their knowledge and experience is a shame.

This is How Rabia Nasimi Escaped the Taliban Regime to Pursue her Studies at Cambridge University

Rabia Nasimi’s journey from Afghanistan in the back of a lorry to Cambridge University gives many women the hope of integrating successfully into British society.

‘Code-Switched’: A Long Overdue Series for Young South Asians

Growing up, my favorite TV show on American television was the one with all the brown people as the leads. You don’t know that show? Oh, that’s right it only existed in my imagination.

‘Unsung Echoes’ Answers the Question: What Does it Mean to be a Woman?

The posts are simple – a paragraph or two (or more) of text along with a picture, all provided by the interviewee, answering the same question – “what does it mean to be a woman?”

#FitnessFollowFridays: Meet Diksha Gautham

“The weight room is so intimidating for women and it’s labeled as a “bro section.” A lot of women don’t know where to start and there is a high barrier for entry for a lot of women.”

7 West Indian Thanksgiving Dishes to Add to Your Table this Year

Here are 7 West Indian Thanksgiving dishes we enjoy, and I’m sure your guests will love them, too.

Growing Up Indian-American—What That Means to me now That I am Older

The idea that being an Indian-American can be confusing is quite the understatement.

South Asians Emerge Victorious in 2017 Elections

South Asian-Americans won some key elections for local and state government positions in numerous states, highlighting the importance of public service and representation.

Celebrating Diwali with Dignity—The Desai Way

Since its inception in 1997, the Desai Foundation has continuously strived to fulfill its mission – to empower women and children to dream beyond their circumstances and live a better life.

Poem: ‘Sincerely, #MeToo’

No matter where I am
be it New York or in New Delhi
Whenever I am out/alone
I get that horrid feeling in my belly

RajasthaNY(C): An Ode to the Gypsy Queen That Lives Within

The series RajasthaNY(C) encapsulates the beauty of Rajasthani tradition fused with the enchantment of New York City.

Here’s a South Asian Inspired Thanksgiving Dinner Menu that will Wow Your Guests

Looking to add some mirch masala to your dishes this holiday season? Try this South Asian inspired Thanksgiving dinner menu with your guests. We promise it’ll be a hit!

Growing Up Indian-American—What That Means to me now That I am Older

The idea that being an Indian-American can be confusing is quite the understatement.

Celebrating Diwali with Dignity—The Desai Way

Since its inception in 1997, the Desai Foundation has continuously strived to fulfill its mission – to empower women and children to dream beyond their circumstances and live a better life.

RajasthaNY(C): An Ode to the Gypsy Queen That Lives Within

The series RajasthaNY(C) encapsulates the beauty of Rajasthani tradition fused with the enchantment of New York City.

6 South Asian Brides you Aspire to Look Like on Your Wedding Day

Getting married is one of the most important moments in a woman’s life—a day that most young girls dream about. What may come second to finding the right guy is finding the perfect bridal outfit.

AWIB’s Diwali at the MET Showcased the Harmonious Connection Between Art and Religion

The AWIB Diwali Celebration of Diwali showed the true connection between art and religion, which all integral when celebrating the beauty and light that is Diwali.

Poem: ‘Till Distance Do Us Part’

You speak the same language as Distance,
The Language of ache and that of hunger
I lay here forgotten, forsaken
Shivering in the wake of my Past, wallowing in sweet Slumber.

‘I Hate Halloween’: The Tales of a Serial Indian Princess

I wanted to come out ahead on Halloween, so instead of waiting for people to ask me what I was supposed to be, I proactively branded myself. “I’m an Indian Jasmine.”

Poem: ‘Mama’s Life Through Partition’

1952, A car has crushed half of your marvelous
Lahore buries the councilman, and five daughters bury a father, You fend alone
Mama, my great-grandmother, your fingers are the point of a needle scratching the doors of a school
Your daughters own the right to education

Living as a First-Generation Indian Immigrant Who Can’t Speak Her Native Language

Here’s my most embarrassing truth: I can’t pronounce my own name. In the U.S., I say Ree-two, rhymes with R2D2. When I say this in India, nobody understands me. A family member will step in, saying my name with the elusive soft th that makes Ree-two become Rih-thu without sounding like a spitting contest—a gentleness that I’ve never been able to replicate.

This is How Rabia Nasimi Escaped the Taliban Regime to Pursue her Studies at Cambridge University

Rabia Nasimi’s journey from Afghanistan in the back of a lorry to Cambridge University gives many women the hope of integrating successfully into British society.

#FitnessFollowFridays: Meet Diksha Gautham

“The weight room is so intimidating for women and it’s labeled as a “bro section.” A lot of women don’t know where to start and there is a high barrier for entry for a lot of women.”

Sisters, Neelofar and Alisha Keshavjee, Grow their Passion for Fashion into ‘The Kayes’

“We hadn’t seen many brown girls with a boutique that represents a laid back, causal, Texan style. We want to be able to reach these girls and also show them that you don’t have to be a certain image to wear the latest trends!”

Amit Patel Advocates for LGBTQ Communities Through Dance (That too in 6-Inch Stilettos)

I am a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and artist. I dance sometimes to depict reality, sometimes to escape it, but more often than not, I dance to show the beauty of human potential.

Brown Girl of the Month Shayna Mehta Breaks Barriers in Basketball at Brown University

Growing up, I was a proud gym rat, playing many of the organized ball sports available in my school and community. I started playing basketball with my dad when I was seven years old and then progressed to playing for local girl’s and boy’s teams.

Designer Ayush Kejriwal Breaks Barriers with Desi Fashion

With his recent successes and controversies in mind, Ayush Kerjiwal reflects on what it means to stay true to oneself, the importance of self-love and standing up for one’s beliefs.

#FitnessFollowFridays: Meet Punita Mangat

“Fitness was very restricted and frowned upon in my household. When I went through some tough personal times, I found fitness as an outlet. When I hit rock bottom, I realized the only way to go is up.”

Yeh Ladka Hai Allah: An Homage to Shahrukh Khan on his 52nd Birthday

by Priyanka Gulati – Follow @Gulate “Those who are swathed in the…

‘Fast Five’ Interview with Comedy Writer Broti Gupta

If you tuned in to the Comedy Central Snapchat channel this month, you may have noticed Broti Gupta grace your cellular device. Brown Girl had the chance to catch up with Gupta on comedy writing, future aspirations and her witty social media presence.

Designer Amy Devan Talks About NAVEDA, Fashion, and the City that Never Sleeps

Amy Devan is a woman of power, someone who dared to live her “not-so-realistic dream” and women around the world sure do have a boatload to learn from her choices in life and fashion.

RajasthaNY(C): An Ode to the Gypsy Queen That Lives Within

The series RajasthaNY(C) encapsulates the beauty of Rajasthani tradition fused with the enchantment of New York City.

6 South Asian Brides you Aspire to Look Like on Your Wedding Day

Getting married is one of the most important moments in a woman’s life—a day that most young girls dream about. What may come second to finding the right guy is finding the perfect bridal outfit.

The Brown List: Staff Picks for November 2017

Whether you’re looking for Thanksgiving recipes, a new nail polish, or ways to improve yourself, The Brown List has got you covered!

Sisters, Neelofar and Alisha Keshavjee, Grow their Passion for Fashion into ‘The Kayes’

“We hadn’t seen many brown girls with a boutique that represents a laid back, causal, Texan style. We want to be able to reach these girls and also show them that you don’t have to be a certain image to wear the latest trends!”

Designer Ayush Kejriwal Breaks Barriers with Desi Fashion

With his recent successes and controversies in mind, Ayush Kerjiwal reflects on what it means to stay true to oneself, the importance of self-love and standing up for one’s beliefs.

Brown Girl’s Myth Busters: The Desi Dressing Edition

First up, we have the button down blouse as a saree blouse alternative trend. That is a mouthful, but how does one cleverly name it?

Designer Amy Devan Talks About NAVEDA, Fashion, and the City that Never Sleeps

Amy Devan is a woman of power, someone who dared to live her “not-so-realistic dream” and women around the world sure do have a boatload to learn from her choices in life and fashion.

4 Fall Boot Trends Every Fashionista Needs to Shop Right Now!

What’s the next best thing to pumpkin spice? Fall boot trends, of course!

The Brown List: Staff Picks for October 2017

by BG Staff – Follow @browngirlmag School is in full swing and we’re back to…

Here’s Brown Girl’s Advice on What NOT to Wear This Diwali

With Diwali upon us, it’s only fair that we share some what-not-to-wear tips with our Brown Girls. So, here they are!

Mindy Kaling & ‘The Mindy Project’: Fostering South Asian Representation From Pilot To Series Finale

by Saloni Gajjar – Follow @browngirlmag  “The Mindy Project” became the first American TV show…

‘Code-Switched’: A Long Overdue Series for Young South Asians

Growing up, my favorite TV show on American television was the one with all the brown people as the leads. You don’t know that show? Oh, that’s right it only existed in my imagination.

Looking Back at ‘The Mindy Project’: A Flawed, Yet Sweet TV Romance

by BG Staff – Follow @browngirlmag When “The Mindy Project” premiered in 2012, it signaled…

Chicago’s Dance Troupe Tells the Universal Story of Women in Debut Showcase

These were no ordinary women—for starters, each has at least 20 years of continuous dance experience, and all trained in Bharatanatyam in addition to newer styles they picked up.

Yeh Ladka Hai Allah: An Homage to Shahrukh Khan on his 52nd Birthday

by Priyanka Gulati – Follow @Gulate “Those who are swathed in the…

Dancing Twins Poonam and Priyanka Share Their Advice on Pursuing Your Passion

These talented women have captivated a diverse audience with their Bollywood, hip-hop, and classical dance routines. They shared details about their success and experiences so far and the goals they want to accomplish in the future.

Shankar Mahadevan’s U.K. Darbar Musical Extravaganze was an Opportunity of a Lifetime to Watch

Indian classical music maestro, Shankar Mahadevan performs at London’s Soutbank centre as part of this year’s Darbar festival of Indian classical music.

‘Beyond The Clouds’: Majid Majidi’s Universal Language of Humanity

Iranian-born Majid Maijidi continues his passion to depict humanist topics with “Beyond the Clouds”, whose world premiere opened up at the British Film Institute.

This ‘Golmaal Again’ Song is Every Problem with Bollywood Combined

Bollywood is obsessed with remakes and remixes right now, and the new song from “Golmaal Again” — “Maine Tujhko Dekha” — is just the tip of a very irritating iceberg.

12 Fall TV Comedy Series to Binge-Watch Immediately

Here are some seriously great television gems you don’t want to miss. They’ll go perfectly with your pumpkin spiced everything.

Victim-Blaming Doesn’t Work: If You Want to Help, Listen to Victims First

Think of the last time you blamed someone. Did it make the victim’s problems go away? Did the victim thank you for being such an inspirational person in their life? Did the victim increase their respect for you? Probably not.

‘Unsung Echoes’ Answers the Question: What Does it Mean to be a Woman?

The posts are simple – a paragraph or two (or more) of text along with a picture, all provided by the interviewee, answering the same question – “what does it mean to be a woman?”

#NotOvaryacting: 10 Quick and Easy Tips for the Best Health ‘Down There’

No one cares if your mother or aunt powdered her vagina with Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder every day for the past 30 years and is doing fine. This stuff is just bad for you in general. As mentioned before, your vagina is self-cleaning.

The Art of Contentment: Live as You, Forget Others, and Be Happy

I realized that the more I burden myself with the thoughts of others, I will forget that I have thoughts of my own. In an instant, I decided to let go. Let go of the expectations of my peers. Let go of the expectations of my family. Let go of the expectations of other people.

Don’t Overlook Your Oral Health: 5 Simple Tips for Improvement

In our South Asian culture, this aspect of health is just not given as much importance as the rest of the body. The mouth is a gateway to the body and infection there can spread to other parts of the body!

Maria Qamar aka Hatecopy’s Newest Exhibition Highlights Border Detainment for POC

Going through lines, giving up my items, and being stopped for secondary searches is common for me when I walk through airport security coming to the United States even though I’ve never had any trouble with the law, am a Canadian-born citizen, and have not visited any of the countries on Trump’s list.

Dear Brown Girls Who Were Bullied: Here are Five Things to Know

Remind yourself that your bullies’ comments on how you look have no validity to them. Remember that Priyanka Chopra and Nina Davuluri are examples of attractive and successful Indian women who still got bullied.

Closed Doors: 5 Truths I Wish I Could Tell My Parents

I think what parents don’t understand is that we are hungry. But not just for food, necessarily. We’re hungry for positivity. We’re hungry for understanding. We’re hungry for things that can’t physically be fed to us.

5 Toxic ‘Good Health’ Habits to Recognize and Change

Yes, it may seem healthy to create goals for yourself, but when you start to look in the mirror, self-loathe, and wish you looked like someone else, there is a real, underlying problem.

To Muslim Women: ‘I love you dearly, regardless of what stage of Islam you operate in’

Islam is a religion of women. I will speak these words until my heart stops. Islam is a religion of women.

Vanity Fair’s Newest Editor-in-Chief Radhika Jones is More Than the Woman who Wore Fox-Printed Tights

To be targeting and undermining an individual for their choice of attire rather than focusing on their knowledge and experience is a shame.

U.K. MP Priti Patel’s Resignation Reflects Lack of South Asian Representatives in Parliament

MP Priti Patel’s actions are a blow to a community who held her above their head as a torch for representation in the U.K.

From Animated Original to New Play, Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ Controversy of Racism and Whitewashing

by Amina Khan – Follow @aminaaakhan23 Whitewashing in Hollywood has been an issue…

#MeToo Goes Global: What Happened in Goa Doesn’t Stay in Goa

Today, in the Western world, I wouldn’t hesitate to trigger the alarm should anyone dare to sexually violate me. In India, I would still think twice!

Two Years After my Husband’s Arrest, my 4 Kids and I Still Await Justice to Prevail

They came in fourteen unmarked cars. FOURTEEN. Why so many cars to arrest one man is still a mystery to
me.

Why I support Taking Down the Confederate Monuments

The debate on the continued relevance of Confederate monuments and their removal has now advanced across the border into Canada, where the debate rages on whether schools bearing the name of John A. Macdonald should change their nomenclature.

#MeToo: Workplace Harassment Isn’t Just a Hollywood Thing

When your immediate financial security or long-term career prospects are contingent on maintaining pleasantries with your sexual harasser, as is the case for so many young women, your options for recourse are starkly narrowed.

Why More Men Need to Stand up With the #MeToo Movement

Thousands of women are coming out with their stories of sexual harassment; no men are coming out and saying, “yes I have sexually harassed a woman.”

The Rise of Canada’s First Sikh NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh Comes as no Easy Feat

Jagmeet Singh has officially resigned as an Ontario member of the Provincial Parliament, weeks after winning the federal NDP leadership, which was a historic moment for South Asians in Canada, moving up to an equally meaningful, yet tough election.

#MeToo: How Much Longer Must We Bear the Burden of this Epidemic?

More often than not, women are bound together by horrifying experiences like these, as opposed to being bound together by positive forces. We get sentenced for something we didn’t do, something we didn’t have control over, something we had no say in. Instead, the world tells us we had a choice, we had power, we had a voice, and that we just chose not to use it.